Kresge Faculty Fellows

Kresge College Fellows are dedicated artists, teachers, and scholars drawn from every field of study at the University.
David Shaw
  • Title
    • Right Livelihood College Coordinator
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Institute for Social Transformation
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department
  • Phone
    831-316-4760
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, 150
  • Mail Stop Division Of Social Sciences
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St., Division of Social Sciences
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Activism, Agroecology and Agriculture, Community-based Research, Creativity, Design, Ecology, Entrepreneurship, Globalization, Social Justice, Water
  • Courses Anthropology 110-I: Cultures of Social Justice and Sustainability; Kresge 71: The World Cafe - The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter; Kresge 161: Permaculture and Whole Systems Design; Kresge 65A: Food and Community; Kresge 63: Kresge Garden Coop; Kresge 64: Tools for World Changers; Kresge 72 & 172: Collaborative Learning for The Great Turning and Nature Connection; Kresge 73 & 173: Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Communities and Reclaiming the Commons; Kresge 74 & 174: Collaborative Learning for Permaculture Skills and Transition Towns; College Nine 70: College Nine and Ten Community Garden; Oakes 63: Oakes Food, Community, and Culture; Stevenson 16: Stevenson Community Garden; Community Studies 42W: Appropriate Technology for Local Self-Reliance

Research Interests

I'm interested in the ways Right Livelihood Laureates and other changemakers have been successful in creating social transformation and large scale ecosystem regeneration. Examples of this research include exploring the effectiveness of transnational alternative policy groups and epistemic communities, solutions for scaling up agroecology and sustainable agriculture, and community-based research partnerships.

Biography, Education and Training

David Shaw is Coordinator of the Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. student in Environmental Studies. 

Selected Publications

  • Shaw, David, Juanita Brown, and David Isaacs. 2018. “The World Cafe.” In The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future, 3rd ed. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. (Forthcoming)  
  • Howard, Phil, Tim Galarneau, Jan Perez, and David Shaw. 2005. “Integrating Open Space Technology and Dynamic Facilitation.” Participatory Learning and Action 53: 68–73.    

Selected Presentations

  • Learning as if Whole Systems Mattered: Permaculture in Schools and Universities (Ecological Farming Conference, 2015)
  • We Are Wiser Together: Igniting Possibilities through Intergenerational Partnerships (Bioneers Conference 2011-Present)